Friday, 7 August 2009

The Gathering 2009

The Gathering of the Clans in Holyrood Park

An estimated 30,000 people gathered at Holyrood Park, at the foot of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh on the last weekend in July for The Gathering 2009. There was music from popular bands, Capercaillie and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Pipe Bands, Highland dancing, readings from Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Hamilton, who talked about his involvement with the Stone of Destiny, and a whole host of other things. We watched some spectacular caber tossing.

There were dozens of Clan tents where visitors could find out more about their family roots, and staff from of the General Register for Scotland giving advice on genealogy.

It was a well run event, with visitors from all over the world. Crafts were of very high quality, catering well run and litter pickers everywhere. There was a real sense of family coming together from every part of the world and a warmth and friendship that was worth the visit alone.

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